1.11.26 - “Bring back passenger rail service to the North”
The Ontario government has committed $5 million to the planning and design of a 13-stop passenger rail route from Toronto to Timmins or Cochrane.
“The province, Ontario Northland and Metrolinx are moving forward with further planning for a 13-stop route that would provide service from Toronto to Timmins or Cochrane. As part of the 2021 Ontario Budget, the government committed $5 million to support this planning and design work.”
The Ontario government has not ruled out plans to restore passenger rail service to the North. At the same time, however, the government has not taken any concrete steps to fulfill this promise.
“[NDP MPP John] Vanthof acknowledges the move to the MTO could very well result in a return of passenger rail service but he says nothing has happened to date adding the move is something the Ford government is only contemplating at this time. […] [Vic] Fedeli [Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade] says he’s pleased with how the process is unfolding and emphasizes there’s still time in the four-year government mandate to see a return of passenger rail.”